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Japan’s Fukushima water disposal plan irresponsible: Beijing, Seoul

Japan's neighbors China and South Korea have lashed out at the country for a controversial plan to dispose of more than one million tons of contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant by releasing it into the Pacific Ocean.

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the plan on Tuesday, saying that Tokyo had decided to release the water into the ocean “in order to achieve Fukushima’s recovery.”

The nuclear plant, located on Japan’s northeast coast, was crippled after going into meltdown following an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Around 1.25 million tons of water, used to cool the reactors after the meltdown, are currently stored in tanks in and around the plant.

Saga, who described the disposal of the nuclear wastewater as the “most realistic” option, said it would take about two years to begin the release of the water and the process is expected to take decades.

“The Japanese government has compiled basic policies to release the processed water into the ocean, after ensuring the safety levels of the water… and while the government takes measures to prevent reputational damage,” Suga said.